I’ve been trying to gather inspiration to try out these recipes through ingredients I already have around. I recalled that several of the recipes in the books used hot dogs, so when I was at the store a few weeks ago, I bought a package of Smart Dogs. All of the other ingredients are staples in my pantry and refrigerator, anyway, so when I came across this recipe, I knew I had to make it.
I was discussing the idea of this one with my friend, and both of us agreed it was an odd combination. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone raving over eggplant and hot dog casserole, so I was a little worried about wasting a whole bunch of perfectly good food. I knew the eggplant part would be good, but I didn’t know how to feel about the hot dogs. But, the point of this is to try new things I wouldn’t otherwise try, so I did it! The verdict? It was good, and actually got better as left overs! If you’re feeling like trying something a little off the wall, Hot-Dog-and-Eggplant Casserole may be just for you.
|1 medium eggplant (mine was a little smaller; in the recipe, it says you should have 5 cups, and I had about 4)|
|1/3 cup olive oil|
|1/2 cup chopped onion|
|1 1/2 teaspoons salt|
|1/4 teaspoon pepper|
|1/4 teaspoon dried basil|
|1 small clove garlic|
|1 lb frankfurters, cut in 1 inch pieces (I used 6 of the smaller sized Smart Dogs)|
|1 can (1 lb) tomatoes, undrained (mine was 12oz)|
|Cooked rice (I used farro, but also ate the left overs on pasta!)|
Because of the smaller amounts on some ingredients, this went from 6 servings according to the recipe to 4 generous servings!
- Peel eggplant. Cut into 1-inch cubes; measure 5 cups (note that mine only measured 4 cups). Toss eggplant with flour to coat lightly.
- In hot oil in large skillet, sauté onion intil tender – about 5 minutes.
- Add eggplant, salt, pepper, basil, and garlic. Cook, stirring ocassionally, until eggplant is lightly browned.
- Add hot dogs and tomatoes, mixing well. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over rice (or in my case, farro, or really whatever you want!).
Makes 4 servings
I also made the left overs into a calzone, with a little Daiya, so be creative with your left overs!!!